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how can i start my business in college?

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Cassidy’s Answer

That is so exciting that you are planning to start a business! When I started my business, I used LegalZoom to help me find what I needed and for some tips. I wouldn't recommend paying for all of LegalZoom, but seeing some of the tips might be helpful when you are ready to register your business. The secretary of state also should include some tips for what you need! Depending on what your business will be, you might want to find a similar model and reach out to ask some questions to see what they did. I have found that people are usually excited to help! Another thing that will be helpful is showing your experience - this can be through including a portfolio on your website or including reviews. Weebly is a great source for a free website builder. I wish you the best of luck! The most important thing is to take it one step at a time and enjoy what you are doing :)
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Nikolaos’s Answer

Hi John,

Have you already identified what business you want to start? It would be great if you could share some additional details! I would tell you that creating a business plan is one of the first vital steps toward that journey. You need to outline your business idea, market analysis, target audience, competitive landscape, and financial projections. This plan will serve as a roadmap, helping you stay focused and organized. From there you can always start small with minimal viable products or services to test the market before scaling up.

Additionally it would be really valuable to seek mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and even consider partnering with classmates who have complementary skills. Their different perspectives and expertise can help you build a solid team and significantly enhance your startup's success.

Of course, effective marketing is essential. I would encourage you to start by utilizing social media platforms, and word-of-mouth to promote your business. Creating a strong online presence with engaging content can attract potential customers and investors.

Don't forget that networking plays a pivotal role in entrepreneurship. Attend college events, workshops, and industry conferences to connect with potential mentors, partners, and customers. These connections can provide advice, support, and opportunities for collaboration.

Last but not least, balancing academics and entrepreneurship requires discipline so you need to set realistic goals and manage your time effectively to ensure you maintain academic performance while growing your business.

Best of luck with everything!

Regards,
Nikolas
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Dilawar’s Answer

Starting an e-commerce business is an ideal way for college students to venture into entrepreneurship. The beauty of this model is that it doesn't demand a physical store or on-site work. You can operate it from anywhere, at any time that suits you. This flexibility ensures that your academic pursuits aren't compromised, as you can tailor your business hours around your study schedule.
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Katherine’s Answer

The two best resources I know of for learning to run a business are this workbook (https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/topics/self-reliance/2017/14678_sgmb_book_eng.pdf?lang=eng) and Dave Ramsey's book EntreLeadership.
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